The Russian Ministry of Defence has received all Ka-52 Alligator combat reconnaissance and attack helicopters scheduled for delivery in 2020 in accordance with the terms and conditions of the State contract, said Russian Helicopters Holding in a statement on Thursday.
Upon completion of all the necessary ground and flight tests, as well as the registration of documentation for the acceptance and transfer of equipment, the Ka-52 helicopters were accepted by representatives of the operating organizations within the time period established by the contract. Currently, combat vehicles are being prepared to be sent to their places of permanent deployment.
The press service of Russian Helicopters said that the Holding was carrying out development work to modernize the Ka-52 helicopter together with the specialists of Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the developer of Ka-52.
“This year was not easy for us, first of all, due to the epidemiological situation. Despite all the difficulties during the pandemic, we managed not only to fulfill all obligations under the state contract on time but also to lift our first modernised Ka-52M Alligator into the sky," said the managing director of AAK Progress Yuri Denisenko.
The new Ka-52M helicopter has an upgraded optoelectronic system with an increased target detection and recognition range, a new digital drive, which will improve the accuracy of cannon firing. The modernized Ka-52 also received a new radar system with an active phased antenna array and a guided missile with an increased range.
The Ka-52M main rotor blades are equipped with a more powerful heating element, which will allow the helicopter to operate in the entire temperature range, including Arctic conditions. The helicopter is equipped with landing gear wheels with increased bearing capacity and wear resistance, as well as lighting equipment based on LEDs. The modernized "Alligator" also has a new cockpit interior, which will ensure the fulfillment of modern ergonomic requirements, including when piloting in the dark with night-vision goggles.